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Jan 2, 2013

CEOs pan fiscal cliff deal, vow to continue debt fight

By Scott Malone and Emily Stephenson

(Reuters) – U.S. executives largely panned the congressional deal to steer America away from the “fiscal cliff,” saying Washington wasted an opportunity to address the nation’s long-term debt, but said they would continue to agitate for a better budget plan.

While CEOs expressed relief that $600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts will not kick the fragile economy in the gut, their gratitude was salted with insults.

Dec 27, 2012

Trade groups appeal U.S. decision on CFTC mutual funds rule

By Emily Stephenson

(Reuters) – Two industry trade groups moved on Thursday to appeal a judge’s decision earlier this month upholding a new regulation for the mutual funds industry, in a ruling that came as a rare win for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The Investment Company Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said the rule duplicates existing rules enforced by securities regulators. They said the CFTC did not sufficiently consider the impact on markets when it wrote its new rule.

Dec 14, 2012

U.S. Fed plans to boost oversight of foreign banks

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve will
vote on Friday on whether to propose rules to subject foreign
banks to tighter capital and liquidity requirements, to protect
taxpayers from having to bail out foreign banks.

The plan would force foreign banks to subsume all their
subsidiaries under one U.S. holding company, subject to the same
capital standards as U.S. holding companies, and the banks will
also need to hold liquidity buffers.

Dec 13, 2012

Senate vote deals blow to crisis-era deposit insurance

By Emily Stephenson

(Reuters) – Efforts by small banks to protect a financial crisis-era deposit insurance program suffered a significant setback on Thursday when a bill to extend the program failed to survive a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate.

The Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) program insures bank deposits above the $250,000 normally covered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp in checking accounts that do not collect interest. It is set to expire at the end of the year.

Dec 13, 2012

Wall Street nemesis Warren to join U.S. Senate Banking Committee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wall Street critic and Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren will join the Senate Banking Committee next year where she is likely to be a loud voice in favor of tight financial regulation.

The Democratic Steering Committee on Wednesday approved committee assignments for Warren and other Senate Democrats, installing Senator Patty Murray of Washington state as chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee.

Dec 12, 2012

U.S. Senate to debate extending crisis-era insurance

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted on
Tuesday to begin debating a bill that would keep a financial
crisis-era deposit insurance program in place for two more
years, but it will likely face strong opposition from the
Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Separately, the Senate passed two non-controversial
legislative fixes to financial regulations that have been called
for by the financial services industry. These changes will now
go to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Dec 11, 2012

U.S. Senate will debate extending crisis-era deposit insurance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to begin debating a bill that would keep a financial crisis-era deposit insurance program in place for two more years, but it will likely face strong opposition from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

The Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) program insures bank deposits above $250,000, the amount the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp normally covers, in checking accounts that do not collect interest. It is due to expire at the end of the year.

Dec 11, 2012

U.S. Chamber calls for trade officials to review Volcker rule

Dec 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is asking
federal officials to consider whether a proposed proprietary
trading ban undermines U.S. trade policy, part of an ongoing
effort by industry groups to push back against the so-called
Volcker rule.

The controversial rule, which is required by the 2010
Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, would block banks from making
speculative trades with their own money. It was named for former
Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, who pushed for the ban.

Dec 4, 2012

U.S. bank industry posts highest earnings since 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. banking industry’s third-quarter earnings were the highest for any quarter since 2006 as revenue growth picked up and banks set aside less money to guard against losses, according to data released on Tuesday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

The FDIC quarterly report showed the industry earned $37.6 billion in the third quarter – up $2.3 billion, or 6.6 percent, from a year earlier.

Nov 29, 2012

Republican lawmakers ask regulators for Volcker rule delay

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Two influential Republican
lawmakers on Thursday asked U.S. regulators to delay the
effective date of the controversial ban on proprietary trading
known as the Volcker rule, which financial regulators are still
writing.

The 2010 Dodd-Frank law charged five financial regulatory
agencies with crafting the rule to prevent banks from making
speculative trades with their own money.